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Old 07-11-2010
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Leaky third brake light

What's the the best method of sealing the third brake light? every time it rains i always find huge puddles of water in the back of my cab.
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Put a bead of clear silicon around the seal and let it dry then slap it back on there and let it roll see where that gets ya
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X2 on the silicone.
I ran a bead around the sides & top, then installed it before the silicone dried.
Figured I'd leave the bottom un-sealed in case any water got in there, it'd have a place to get out.
It's gonna be a PITA to get it back off though.
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x3 clear silicon for the win, stopped mine from leaking as well

top it off with LEDs and you'll never need to replace them again for a long time :-)
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I put 3M tape around the seal so its tighter fitting...
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so im guessing this is common for ranger lol. if i put the 3m clear sealant on it wont be permanent right? but it will be a pita to get off?
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It'll come off, just be careful, take your time & maybe use a thin putty knife to gently pry on the light housing as you pull.

I had some generic 100% silicone caulk laying around & that worked fine for me.

BTW: I scraped off all that OEM foam junk before I added a bead of silicone to the housing.
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I think they meant run a bead of silicone around the brake light, after removed from the truck, then let it dry and then put it back on the truck
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Yeah I ran a bead of black RTV and let it dry, then put it on.
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I just used some clear outdoor silicone caulking. Stopped the leaking quickly.
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I took mine off, put a bunch of silicone around the lip, and stuck it right back on. If the light goes out I really don't care anyway lol
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i pulled the headliner back and put a peice of aluminum tape against the hole cut a little hole for the wire and silicone'd the hole. i asked the dealer what their fix to the problem was and this is what they told me
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